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    Hand Quilting Thread

    I hand piece and hand quilt using YLI thread for hand quilters. I have an Amish quilt that I bought several years ago (hand quilted). The thread looks much thicker than what I'm using. Is that true or is it just my imagination.

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    The hand quilting thred I buy at Hancock's seems pretty heavy and stiff, not sure what the YLI is like.

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    It is entirely possible your Amish quilt used heavier thread for quilting. For handquilting I prefer a 30wt which is pretty heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    It is entirely possible your Amish quilt used heavier thread for quilting. For handquilting I prefer a 30wt which is pretty heavy.
    What brand do you use and where do you buy it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    What brand do you use and where do you buy it?
    Valdani thread. I just double checked, actually it is a 35 wt. My LQS sold it to me. But you can buy it on line or a shop near you may also carry it. YLI is also a wonderful thread. Their hand quilting cotton is a 40 wt which isn't too much lighter than the Valdani.

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    I use YLI and love it. The only negative I've found is the lack of colors. I'm not familiar with Valdani thread. I'll have to check that out. I also use YLI Select for hand sewing.

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    I have tried a million different threads, and some were quite expensive..I always end up back to Americana, which is usually only 99 cent in Joannes!! It doesn't seem thicker, but for me it is muchn stronger

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    I hand piece and hand quilt using YLI thread for hand quilters. I have an Amish quilt that I bought several years ago (hand quilted). The thread looks much thicker than what I'm using. Is that true or is it just my imagination.
    I use different weight threads for hand piecing and hand quilting. For hand quilting I use the glazed cotton Coats and Clark hand quilting thread or YLI hand quilting thread. I find these threads too thick for hand piecing, though. For that I use Aurifil 50 wt cotton. Is the Amish quilt your bought an antique or was it made recently?
    Last edited by lindadee; 02-03-2013 at 08:11 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindadee View Post
    I use different weight threads for hand piecing and hand quilting. For hand quilting I use the glazed cotton Coats and Clark hand quilting thread or YLI hand quilting thread. I find these threads too thick for hand piecing, though. For that I use Aurifil 50 wt cotton. Is the Amish quilt your bought an antique or was it made recently?

    We bought it several years ago when we were in Holmes County OH from some Amish ladies who were selling them out of their homes.

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    Newbie hijacking your thread...
    I just wanted to pop in here and say you hand quilters are just amazing. You obviously have the patience of saints, and I bet it spills over into your non-quilting life, too. So here's raising a glass to all you hand-quilters from someone who doesn't have the patience or the discipline to do it. Just wanted to let you know that I think it's pretty awesome what you do (my MIL also quilts by hand).

    Cheers!

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